I’m flying out to India today for three weeks

So my blog won’t be active right now - sorry :(

Hope those of you who start back to school or university have a really good first day/week/month back!

See you in three weeks :)

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It seems like just yesterday I was about to start my first year of university. I was beyond scared. I had absolutely no idea what to expect. It is such a big transition from high school to university and everything might change in your life so here are a few things I wish I knew before starting that scary new chapter in my life. Now that I have survived university for an entire year, I’m basically an expert on the whole uni experience, right? Wrong. But these things are still very valid.
Breakdowns happen- During my second week of freshman year, I had the worst breakdown at 3am. I had a lab the next morning at 8am and I was trying to finish the prelab assignment. I literally lost my mind. Here I was, sobbing and planning to withdraw from university. I thought I wouldn’t be able to make it past that moment. But I did. Breakdowns are a part of life. There are going to be times in your life when you feel like everything is falling apart. But, take a deep breath and move past it. You’ll be fine.
You need sleep- Don’t pull all-nighters. If you manage your time well and effectively, there isn’t a need to miss out on sleep. Sure, you might have to stay up till 4am finishing an assignment but always make sure you get some sleep before the morning or else you can basically count the next day as wasted. You need that sleep to function.
Don’t be afraid to talk to people- You are entering university where there are 30,000 new faces you have never seen before. Take advantage of this and make some new friends. Trust me, they all want to do the same and seeing familiar faces in your classes makes life a thousand times easier.
Everyone doesn’t know what they’re doing- As much as I like my pity parties, I have to realize that I’m not alone when I realize I have no idea what I want to do with the rest of my life. Everyone is in the same boat. We are all going through this four year journey of discovering what interests us and what we want to pursue. Very few people know exactly what they want to do as soon as they first step onto campus.
Some friends aren’t meant to be- I hate to lose a friend. I’m the type of person who needs a million friends around me at all times to be happy. But sometimes, those friends don’t have your best interest at heart and you need to be able to recognize that and let them go. It’s not worth it when they’re causing you more suffering than happiness.
Don’t listen to people telling you how to live your life- So many people tried to tell me what faculty I should go into or what classes I should take. They thought they knew my future better than me and I started to believe that too. Listen to their advice but don’t necessarily follow it. They don’t know you any more than you do.
Sometimes, you need to be independent- As I’ve said before, I need people around me at all times. I am a people person. But in university, you sometimes need to be alone. One of my biggest things that I learnt in my first year was exploring the university by myself and finding places to study where there wasn’t a single person to interact with. I could then focus on myself and exactly what I need to do.
Take advantage of the resources- There are so many things at university that are going to help you and make your university experience a lot easier. Go talk to staff, counselors, student peers, etc. They are all there to assist you and make this transition go a whole lot smoother.
Don’t be afraid of failing- You’re going to fail at some point. Maybe you will fail a test, maybe you will fail a class, maybe you will forget to hand in an assignment. As much as it sucks, it’s going to happen sometime in these four years (If it doesn’t, congrats!). It’s not the end of the world and you will still survive, I promise.
Have fun- University is supposed to be one of the best (and worst) times of your life so take advantage of it! These are the last few years before you actually enter adulthood. University holds so many fun and exciting opportunities. So, go to parties, hang out with friends, join clubs, have the time of your life!
For more tips and tricks, check out my University Advice post!
What do you wish you told your freshman self?
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hellostudying:

what a lovely way to start this week !:) Happy Monday everyone :)😍❤☀
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school-spo:
Receive the assignment: Read the instructions, look over the rubric, ask your teacher about any questions you might have
Make a plan: Map out your project. Set deadlines and little goals to get things done without all the stress
Budget your time wisely: When is the project due? Do you have other obligations that may make it difficult for you to finish your project on a set date?
Do your research! Make sure you know what you’re talking about! 
Create a research outline: Take organized, color coded notes! It’ll make it a lot easier to write the essay
Write a rough draft: Use all your good notes to write a rough draft
Have a peer edit: Ask a respected peer to edit your paper! Or, if possible, get your teacher to look it over and see any improvements it might need
Edit and create a final draft: Take their edits into consideration, and create your final draft
Hand it in! 

Small Things that Affect Your Concentration

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Humans can’t pay full attention to two things at once: it’s a fact! (Source 1, 2, 3). While we think we can do two things at the same time, like doing homework and watching a TV show- we’re actually doing neither.

Thus, when there are distractions around us, we cannot fully focus on our work no matter how hard we try. Small things that we usually don’t think about affect our concentration, but are easy to control:

1. Cell Phone…
-put it on silent, out of reach and check only once an hour. It can totally wait and whoever texted you can wait a few minutes.

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sweetdarlingdreams:

Organizing my desk after a hell week of exams x((
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